Finland 21st on international meeting countries list
Finland placed 21st on the list of world's top international meeting organisers in 2011, according to an annual survey by the Union of International Associations (UIA).
Although Finland descended two spots from the previous year, staff at Finland Convention Bureau, a national organisation representing the meetings and events industry, are far from worried.
- We lost a couple of positions, but our percentage of the global total went up from 1,3 to 1,6. No need to worry, says Leena Sipilš, Convention Director at FCB.
183 countries were listed in the survey. A total of 10 344 international meetings were statistically recorded, 163 of which in Finland.
Helsinki battles evenly with other Nordic capitals
Helsinki placed 25th on the most popular international meetings cities list. Nordic rivals Copenhagen and Stockholm reached the top 15, and Oslo placed at 22nd.
The survey featured 1 309 cities around the world. Helsinki hosted 72 international meetings last year, making up for 0,7 per cent of the total amount.
Singapore beat the US to top position
Topping the countries list was Singapore, who left the United States, a staple at the number one spot in recent years, in its wake. France was third on the podium.
On the top meetings cities list Singapore further cemented its recurring top position, trailed by Brussels and Paris, respectively.